Deadly diseases

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[Crossposted from the Ra’anana Boardgames Group blog.]

This week we had five hardy players – Ben, Laurie, Peleg, Rochelle, and me. So we had to start with a four player game of Pandemic

Explanation time. Pandemic is a popular game and there was good interest in playing it. And, since I am not that fond of co-operative games, I decided I would watch while the others played. It was – for me – more fun than playing!

The team of crack scientists converge on a research station.

The team of crack scientists converge on a research station.

Pandemic pits the players as the medical team trying to wipe out four rapidly spreading diseases before disaster strikes and the world population is struck down. Each player has a unique power, and part of the game’s challenge is to use your power, wisely, ¬†for the common good. This is because you have limited actions, and you need to balance this with taking care of business, namely the disease spread going on at the same time. The game is driven by two decks of cards: one that players use to tailor their actions for movement from city to city, and another that generates the blocks of diseases.

Meantime, the deadly Black and the deadly Blue are spreading like...

Meantime, the deadly Black and the deadly Blue are spreading like…

Because it is a co-operative game, the players either all lose or all won. Unfortunately – which is not unusual with a first outing in Pandemic – the players lost. However, I think they enjoyed it, and it will be back for more in the future.

Then, a game of the classic, superb auction game, Medici. Unfortunately, more than my dislike of co-operative games, both Laurie and Rochelle hate auction games. (Ok, so now I know.) I’ll keep the pain short. I had a great game, but got turned over by Ben who won by a decent margin.

Peleg departed leaving four of us to enjoy R-Eco. This is a short card game with an environmental theme. You play cards to four disposal areas, and pick up cards. Pick up too many and you lose points. Get it right and you gain points. Timing is everything. This is fun, fast, and no small element of skill. Laurie won with a score of 6, the other scores being 5, 5, and 4. So, tight, and enjoyable.

Thanks to Laurie for hosting. Next session, no more auction games!

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